2017 SEASON
Mar 2017 - Nov 2017

23 Day Ultimate South America with Brazil's Amazon

Cosmos Guided Tour starting in Manaus and finishing in Lima

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Read 2 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Cosmos's 23 Day Ultimate South America with Brazil's Amazon. Begin this great journey in the Brazilian Amazon and then discover two of the greatest cities of South America at a more leisurely pace; finish it all off with a visit...read more

Overview

Operator: Cosmos
Type: Coach Tour (Low Cost)
Style: Regional Discovery
Duration: 23 Days
From: Manaus to Lima
Tour Code: 1202
Visits: Brazil, Argentina, Peru
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Day By Day

1

Manaus, Brazil

Welcome to the capital of the Amazonas region. Located in the dense Amazon Jungle area, Manaus preserves images of its opulent past and is still a major port-even 1,000 miles (1609 kilometres) inland! Meet your guide at 2 pm for a city tour featuring the famous OPERA HOUSE, completed in 1896 after 15 years of construction, and a LOCAL MARKET.
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Manaus - Amazon Jungle

Floating past the clustered huts of locals living on the banks of the river, cruise down the Rio Negro to the MEETING OF THE WATERS. Marvel at the confluence of the dark-coloured Rio Negro and the light chocolate-coloured Rio Solimoes, where the two rivers come together to form the mighty Amazon. For four miles (6.4 kilometres), these two bodies of water flow side by side before they mix together. Later, disembark at a JUNGLE ISLAND (water level permitting) with fascinating native flora and fauna. This afternoon, arrive at the Ecopark Jungle Lodge on the banks of the Rio Negro inside the Amazonian rainforest. (B/L/D)
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Amazon Jungle

Enjoy a Naturalist-guided WALK to see the flora and fauna that thrive in the Amazon. After lunch, sail up the river to visit an AMAZON NATIVE CABOCLO VILLAGE to learn about their traditions, costumes, and culture. Also try your hand at piranha fishing! Later, visit the MONKEY JUNGLE RESERVE, where researchers work to rehabilitate primates like spider, squirrel, woolly, and capuchin monkeys and reintroduce them to the jungle. This evening, venture back out on canoe with your Naturalist to appreciate the sounds of the jungle at night and look for small alligators (and other night creatures). (B/L/D)
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Amazon Jungle - Rio De Janeiro

This morning, depart the Ecopark for a flight to Rio. (B)
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Rio De Janeiro

Today, enjoy free time in Rio, then meet your Tour Director. (B)
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Rio De Janeiro

Guided sightseeing begins with a drive along Rio's famed Leblon, Ipanema, and Copacabana Beaches. Take the cog railway 701 metres (2,300 feet) up to the summit of CORCOVADO to view the Christ the Redeemer statue and enjoy 360-degree views of Guanabara Bay and the bustling city below. Your afternoon is free to explore. Perhaps join an optional excursion to a favela for a glimpse into the life of these colourful communities that nearly 25% of the people call home. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a welcome dinner at a local churrascaria. Following dinner, perhaps opt for a fun outing to see a Samba show highlighting the Brazilian Samba and its dazzling costumes. (B/D)
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Rio De Janeiro

A free day in Rio allows you to relax on one of the beaches or take an optional excursion to the historic city of Petropolis. (B)
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Rio De Janeiro - Iguassu Falls

Fly to Iguassu Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. Journey to the Brazilian side of the FALLS to see the 275 waterfalls cascading over a precipice almost 3.2 kilometres (two miles) wide and 76 metres (250 feet) deep. Walk into Devil's Throat Canyon, where clouds of mist, a thundering roar, and 180-degree rainbows surround you- an unforgettable experience! (B/D)
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Iguassu Falls

Cross the border for a visit of the Argentine side of the FALLS. Begin with a short ride on the open-air ECOLOGICAL JUNGLE TRAIN through the surrounding rainforest. A series of boardwalks takes you above the falls for a look over the edge to see the water crashing down below into the Devil's Throat. This afternoon you may opt to visit the Bird Park, home to many species of indigenous birds as well as flora from the area. (B)
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Iguassu Falls - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina's cosmopolitan capital. After settling into your hotel, an orientation tour familiarises you with the "Paris of South America" and its wide boulevards, outdoor cafes, and charming shops. (B)
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Buenos Aires

Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide focuses on the city's well-known landmarks, including the Colon Opera House and Plaza de Mayo, site of La Casa Rosada (the President's Pink House) and Metropolitan Cathedral. Also visit La Boca and San Telmo, one of Buenos Aires' oldest neighbourhoods, and RECOLETA CEMETERY, where Eva Peron is buried. End your day with an Argentinean meal, followed by a sensuous TANGO SHOW highlighting this alluring dance so popular here. (B/D)
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Buenos Aires

Today is free for independent activities, or you can take an optional excursion to visit a local estancia (ranch) to experience the life of the gauchos (cowboys) on a traditional Argentine ranch complete with a barbecue lunch. (B)
13

Buenos Aires - Lima, Peru

Board a flight for Lima, Peru. Heralded as the "City of Kings" by Spanish conquistadors, Lima still carries vestiges of its opulent past with its colonial buildings and world-class museums. (B)
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Lima

Sightseeing today focuses on Lima's colonial heritage. Founded in 1535, Lima was once the capital of Spain's South American Empire. Visit the baroque 11th-century SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY, with Spanish and Moorish architecture throughout. Continue to Plaza Mayor, where you will see the Government Palace that houses the presidential palace and was once the home of Francisco Pizarro, founder of Lima and conqueror of Peru. Nearby, see the Cathedral where Pizarro's remains are buried. The remainder of your day is free to explore on your own. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening. (B/D)
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Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley

Fly to Cusco high in the Andes and upon arrival, descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stop at AWANAKANCHA and learn about the importance of Camelids (llama, vicuna, alpaca, and guanaco) for Inca cultures. See them up close and learn how their coats are transformed into precious weaving fibres that are then used in ancient weaving techniques still in use today. Continue to PISAC, a charming village with an infamous INDIAN MARKET, where you have plenty of time to browse the many colourful stalls selling handicrafts ranging from alpaca sweaters and blankets to painted vases and sterling silver. Later, arrive at your hotel, nestled in the peaceful Sacred Valley. (B/D)
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Sacred Valley

Start the day with a visit to OLLANTAYTAMBO and the Inca ruins of the same name. Explore the archaeological site that was the scene of the Inca resistance during the Spanish conquest-the only place ever to resist Spanish attacks. You will see how the temple area at the top of the terraces was the perfect defensive stronghold. Next, visit a LOCAL HOME to experience life in this traditional village, which has been remarkably well preserved. Then, visit the SEMINARIO CERAMICS WORKSHOP to learn about Peruvian ancient and modern art. End your day at a local chicheria for a taste of a typical Inca drink in Peru called chicha. (B)
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Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

Board the VISTADOME train that cuts a path through the picturesque Urubamba Valley bound for Aguas Calientes, the quaint town closest to the "Lost City of the Incas." Ascend the mountainside through tropical forest to the sacred refuge of MACHU PICCHU. Your guide recounts the many accomplishments of the Incas as you tour the terraced ruins dating back to the 15th century. The ruins went undiscovered for nearly 400 years after they were abandoned when the Inca Empire fell to the Spanish. For this reason, many of the mysteries surrounding Machu Picchu remain to this day. (B/D)
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Machu Picchu - Cusco

Enjoy some free time this morning to explore the mountain town of Aguas Calientes; perhaps visit the local market, quaint boutiques, or take a walk along nearby trails. Later this afternoon, return to Cusco, former capital of the Inca Empire. (B)
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Cusco

Embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Cusco that focuses on the city that was once the political, military, and cultural epicentre of the Incas. In fact, Inca foundations can still be found in Cusco, with the Spanish baroque structures built on top. Visit the SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY, where these two forms of architecture are melded together with the temple of both cultures atop one another. Also see the CATHEDRAL in the Plaza de Armas before a visit to the TEMPLE OF SACSAYHUAMAN. Some of the best examples of Inca masonry can be found at this fortress, where stones weighing up to 350 tons are pieced together to form a complex that could house up to 10,000 men. Learn about the ceremonies and battles that took place here on your tour. Also see the ruins of Kenko and Puca Pucara before returning to Cusco. (B/D)
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Cusco - Juliaca - Puno

Fly to Juliaca, then transfer to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Legend says the first Inca, Manco Capac, arose from the waters of the lake by the power of the Sun God to found the Inca Empire. (B)
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Puno Excursion To Lake Titicaca

Experience fascinating LAKE TITICACA today as you embark on a motorboat tour of the highest navigable lake in the world and its manmade islands. On TAQUILE ISLAND/ see how the local people integrate their Inca and Spanish past. Continue to the UROS FLOATING ISLANDS, a group of approximately 40 artificially made islands. Learn how the Uros Indians construct their islands, homes, boats, and many other resources completely of tortora reed, a centuries-old practice. Enjoy a farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Director this evening. (B/L/D)
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Puno - Juliaca - Lima

En route to Juliaca, stop at the pre-Incan burial grounds of SILLUSTANI. See the aboveground tombs, chullpas, in which the Aymara Indians buried their high priests. You will be welcomed into one of the locals' HOMES for an inside look at life here. Fly to Lima and transfer to your hotel. (B)
23

Lima

Your holiday ends after breakfast this morning. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Included Experiences

  • BRAZIL'S AMAZON PRE EXTENSION.
  • SIGHTSEEING: In Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires, Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco and Lake Titicaca.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS: Corcovado, Brazilian & Argentine sides of Iguassu Falls, Recoleta Cemetery, La Boca, Tango Show, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca.
  • GUIDES: Local Guides for sightseeing in Rio, Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires, Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, and Lake Titicaca; services of a professional Tour Director.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
  • HOTELS: Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges and tips for baggage handling.
  • INSIDE VISITS as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast daily (B); 3 lunches (L); 10 dinners (D).

Accommodation

  • Hotel Classifications: First Class (F), Superior Tourist Class (ST), Tourist Class (T)
  • Rio DE Janeiro Windsor Plaza Copacabana (F), Iguassu Falls Recanto Park (F), Buenos Aires Dazzler Maipu (F), Lima San Agustin Exclusive (F), Sacred Valley Hotel La Casona Yucay (MF), Machu Picchu El Mapi Hotel Machu Picchu (F), Cusco Jose Antonio Cusco (F), Puno Eco Inn Puno (F); Manaus Tropical Manaus (MD), Amazon Lodge Ecopark Jungle Lodge (BA)

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price includes internal air and taxes - International air ticket numbers must be provided upon booking.
  • Guaranteed share option is not available on this tour.

Operator Details

Region: South & Central America
Style: Regional Discovery
Accommodation: 3+ Star
Location: Outskirts - Generally
Guided: Tour Host & Local Guides
Transport: Luxury Coach
Age Range: Open (min 8 years)
Flights: Internal Flights Included
Airport Transfers: Available, Not Included
Gratuities: Option to Pre Purchase
Max Group Size: 40 (Avg. 30)
Free WiFi: No
* Source: Cosmos for trips in South & Central America. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (2)

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Australia
Trip Date: 12/10/2016

“Highly recommended trip through South America with Amazon extension”

This was an amazing trip! I have just come back (Nov 2016) and highly recommend it. I fell in love with Peru with highlights of Machu Picchu. Their incredible ruins will leave you bewildered on how they were build. The climb to the Sun Gate is worth it ,we did it at 6am - Would not recommended it at any other time of day. Lake Titicaca is a must before the Indians and their culture become westernized - they appreciate your leftover tube of sun screen. Iguazu falls is just beautiful from both the Brazilian and Argentina side (take the upper and lower trail, it's not difficult). Rio and Lima beautiful! Only 8 of the 35 on tour did the extension to the Amazon, it was amazing, lots of jungle walks, boas, claymans, Mccaw and toucans. Don't be put off by Zika virus and your not endanger of wild aminals. IT'S a must when u go to South America. Couldn't have organised this on my own, a must through Global Journeys, just too much to see in 23 days. Be prepared for lots of flights.

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Michael & Hope Tan's Holiday

Australia
Trip Date: 30/03/2016

“Befitting Its Title - 23 Day Ultimate South America with Amazon”

This was a really great experience considering the tour content, accommodation and overall design of the tour. Compared my previous Cosmos experience, this tour accommodation was just superb. Our hotels were almost at the city centres! In Rio, our hotel is a block from the fabulous Copacabana beach. In Buenos Aires, it was next to the shopping street - Florida Avenue. In Iguazu, the hotel is just a fabulous resort. Tour Director did a terrific job in looking our bags from door to door even including retrieving our bags from the conveyor belts when we travelled by air! The design was great considering we had to go up to 3830M ASL. We had 2 nights at Ollantaytambo to get our bodies adjusted to high altitudes so that we all had no problem at all when we finally hiked up to Machu Picchu. The optional tours were just great in terms of number, price and content. Great tour experience.


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